Tuesday, August 3, 2010

WikiLeaks' Cry for Help

Originally, the media reported that WikiLeaks had released 92,000 documents related to the war in Afghanistan. But that’s not true. Actually, WikiLeaks only released 77,000 documents related to Afghanistan and they withheld the other 15,000 documents. However, WikiLeaks provided the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and the Guardian with access to all 92,000 documents. The newspapers themselves only published a handful of documents. Presumably, they did not publish any of the 15,000 documents withheld by WikiLeaks.

On August 3, the Daily Beast reported that WikiLeaks had demanded that the U.S. government help the organization redact information from the unreleased documents. One wonders why WikiLeaks couldn’t simply redact that information by themselves.

The Daily Beast also asked Julian Assange about the insurance file posted on his website.

“It’s better that we don’t comment on that,” said Assange. “But one could imagine in a similar situation that it might be worth ensuring that important parts of history do not disappear.”

I wonder what parts he is referring to?


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